Cibo Trattoria & UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar, Vancouver
Having a mere 40 seats, Cibo Trattoria,located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district, remains true to the traditional trattoria concept. In 2011 it was named as one of the Top Italian Restaurants in the World by Ospitalita Italiana Seal. But no matter how you cut it, Cibo serves up authentic Italian-style cuisine prepared in a traditional manner with ethically sourced, seasonal and local ingredients and showcases rustic elegance on each plate. Their ‘from-scratch’ approach in the kitchen works with Mother Nature and embraces the ‘Slow Food’ philosophy founded by Italian writer Carlo Petrini to showcase a simple, rustic elegance in each dish.
When one considers that the finest ‘Italian’ pasta is made with our Durum wheat, it’s pretty understandable that even so-called authentic Italian eateries have a huge Canadian component. And that continues with the talent in the kitchen. Chef Josh Gonneau (at left) was born in Ontario where, like so many Canadian chefs, started on the bottom rung of the restaurant scene as a dishwasher at the age of 17 at hometown eatery, The Caledon Inn. In culinary terms he matured through a number of private clubs and even running his own restaurant, a career path that’s not for the faint of heart. His arrival in Vancouver is a welcome addition to the food scene in this dynamic city. His carbonara uses house-cured lamb bacon (right). There’s ling cod from Haida Gwaii or butter-roasted Pacific halibut.
The second passion at Cibo is obviously Vino!
International award-winning bartender Sabrine Dhaliwal (at right) holds the reins as bar manager and as a Certified Spirit Specialist (CSS) and holder of level three Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Sabrine is continually reading, researching and tasting to ensure her palate is in top form.
T: 604 632 9560 (UVA)
T: 604 632 9570 (Cibo)
Photos by Amy Ho and Alison Kuhl